Trouble the Water Reviews

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Top Critic
Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 15, 2011
A documentary that changed direction, like a weather front, in the midst of being made.
Emanuel Levy
July 27, 2011
Timely, relevant, and touching documentary that needs to be seen.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 12, 2010
The most affecting footage of Hurricane Katrina ever seen comes from an amateur camcorder bought on the street for twenty bucks.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 8, 2009
It's a view of the disaster that no amount of news coverage would ever manage to capture.
Mike Scott
August 14, 2009
An utterly magnificent film, one that is as hard to forget as it is to ignore. As such, it is destined to live a long life, in peoples' minds and on scholars' shelves.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jennifer Merin
June 27, 2009
Intensely gripping footage of the calamitous Hurricane Katrina and the compelling story of survivors Kimberly and Scott Roberts make this a must see documetary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
February 13, 2009
Trouble the Water is a truly gobsmacking document, but it's Kimberly Roberts who carries the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 13, 2009
'God's gonna trouble the water,' goes the chorus from the African-American spiritual that gives Trouble the Water its title, but no deity is to blame for the tide of bureaucratic bungling and inhumanity the movie reveals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
February 12, 2009
The person at the centre emerges as a force of nature unto herself. Meet, and prepare to be inspired by, Kimberly Rivers Roberts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
December 5, 2008
Essential, startling and distressing insight into what it was like to be in the eye of the Katrina storm if you were a poor, black resident of the Ninth Ward of New Orleans on Monday August 29 2005.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Simon Jordan
December 5, 2008
Trouble The Water tells a fascinating story with some amazing imagery, shot when the floods were at their height, but somehow loses something in the translation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
December 5, 2008
The footage - edited and augmented by Michael Moore's collaborators Tia Lessin and Carl Deal - is unpolished, but the stories and commentary are as inspirational as they are harrowing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
December 5, 2008
Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's movie about Hurricane Katrina is, in its way, quite as powerful as Spike Lee's massive documentary on the subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
December 5, 2008
I could call the film an important document, but it's far more rowdy and vital, and amazingly unpretentious, than that makes it sound.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
December 5, 2008
Trouble the Water employs Kim Roberts' startling camcorder footage to reveal how little New Orleans prepared its citizens for the coming disaster.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
December 5, 2008
Riveting, emotionally engaging and frequently astonishing documentary that tells an important story and will make you laugh, cry and seethe with rage.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael Smith
Tulsa World
November 14, 2008
The film is a lasting document on the subjects of Hurricane Katrina, tragedy and bureaucratic incompetence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
November 9, 2008
a diary of missed opportunities
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nora Lee Mandel
November 1, 2008
For the 3rd anniversary of Katrina comes a gripping point of view about the disaster and its continuing impact on the people of New Orleans that has not been seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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